That’s one of the big reasons I love the people who work on MLP: They know how to handle criticism while still having fun.
(By the way, ‘Big Jim’s’ normal position is storyboard supervisor so he another example of staff members getting in on the whole VA thing.)
I guess they all got to hang around with and learn from the best, didn’t they?
But yeah, the real key is that they are mature enough to handle the occasional internet insanity without taking it too seriously and without becoming defensive about themselves and their work.
They clearly put a lot of themselves into the production of the show and it comes out in the quality of it all, but at the end of the day, they know that they make cartoons for one primary reason: fun.
They enjoy it.
If they didn’t, they wouldn’t have their entire lives focused on that goal.
They know that critics and assholes will come along and try to deter them, but they are comfortable enough with what they do that they take it all in stride.
Even though, as we all know, ponies are serious business…
Hot Mac on Mac action.
I see your point, but I think we are mostly talking about different kinds of people.
If someone has a legitimate issue with the direction the show is taking and is willing to articulate that issue in a calm and respectful manner, then yes, dismissing them out-of-hand is insulting and flippant.
Once someone takes their frustration to the level of direct insults and death threats, though, I don’t mind at all.
At that point, it is unlikely that the person is at all interested in actual constructive debate and simply wants to vent and berate.
Constructive criticism needs willing participants on both ends.
And again, as BSoD said, what exactly are they supposed to say?
I mean, a lot of the recent crap they’ve been getting has been over Twilicorn.
People don’t like it, some people downright hate it, but in the end, it happened.
It was a major event in the course of the show and it’s kind of set in stone now.
No amount of complaining and screaming is going to undo the last season so, to a certain extent, ‘Get over it’ really is all you can say in a general case.
If someone absolutely can’t get past the idea of Twilight having wings, full stop, there isn’t much that anyone can do to help them.
They will either need to find some way to ‘deal with it’ (not the sarcastic, meme-y way) or move on.
If I can use an analogy, think of it like a time when a friend accidentally but severely betrays another.
No amount of berating the other person will undo the mistake or make things go back to the time before it all happened.
The ‘victim’ at that point has a choice: Attempt to salvage the friendship or cut ties and move on.
It can be sad and infuriating to have to leave something you once held dear, but if you really can’t possibly get past the issue any other way, it’s going to be for the best.
(The only other solution I can think of is reassuring fans of ‘Twi Classic’ that ‘New Twi’ will be the same character, thus preserving a sort of status quo in their minds and letting them continue to enjoy it as before. And McCarthy has done just that from the day we found out about Twilicorn.)
Also, I think it should be mentioned that any attempt to please the disgruntled side of the argument will almost assuredly piss off some other, likely equally large (or larger) segment of people.
For example, as forced and unnecessary as Twilight’s transformation was, it would only be compounded were they to suddenly say ‘Oh wait, do-over!’ and send her back to Unicorn-Land.
Honestly, something like that would do far more toward destroying my faith in the show than any single character change.
And now for something a bit lighter:
I have watched this thing about a dozen times now.
It’s so damn silly and cute and catchy.
WHY CAN’T I STOP?!